Coast Guard rescues six people off Ponce De Leon Inlet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued six people from the disabled 38-foot boat Holler Back about 20-miles northeast of Ponce De Leon Inlet, Fla., Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Rescued are Tony Campos, 50, of Adams, Tenn, Charles Huller, 31, of Port Orange, Fla., Michael Massey, 42, of Cross Plains, Tenn., Joe Slate, 47, of Springfield, Tenn., Tom Vroegop, 59, of Palm Coast, Fla., and Jason Watson, 34, of Portland, Tenn.

The crew of the Holler Back reportedly lost all electrical power at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Coast Guard was able to pinpoint the location of the distressed crew after it received a signal from the boats emergency position indicating radio beacon more commonly known in the maritime community as an EPIRB.

A 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet towed the crew safely to shore. There are no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters, whether a seasoned professional mariner or a leisure boater that having a registered EPIRB on board your boat can save your life in the event of an emergency. For more information about EPIRBs please click here.

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